• The October 1 fireworks show in Hong Kong is back after five years, and there are plenty of new restaurants and bars from which to enjoy them
  • Take your pick from venues boasting rooftop terraces or harbour-side tables, or both - and enjoy a wide variety of cuisines, from Sichuan to Japanese

A five-year hiatus will come to an end in Hong Kong when the city holds its first fireworks event since 2018 - on National Day, October 1, which celebrates the founding of the People's Republic of China.

The 23-minute show over Victoria Harbour will start at 9pm, and those hoping to grab a bite to eat while watching are recommended to book a late evening dinner to guarantee a good viewing spot.

In the years since the last fireworks show, many new restaurants and bars - some with expansive rooftops and terrace spaces - have opened, offering more front-row seats to the pyrotechnic display.

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Here are 11 worth considering for a grandstand view of the show.

1. Aqua

Aqua has moved from One Peking Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, and its new space at H Zentre a few blocks away puts you even closer to the festivities. On October 1, it is hosting a HK$1,888 (US$241) fireworks dinner featuring items such as king crab and sea urchin sushi with caviar, and duck ravioli with Parmigiano fondue, crispy sage and black truffle.

Head to Aqua's rooftop bar, Aqua Spirit, for great views of the fireworks, dinner and drinks from its outdoor terrace.

17/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui

2. Azure 80

Azure 80, a new restaurant at Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui, serves classic Sichuan dishes with innovative twists. Diners can sample an eight-course menu for HK$1,888 per person. The restaurant's terrace will be open from 8pm with live music from a DJ and free-flow alcohol for HK$688 per person.

Shop OTE 201, 2/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

3. Cardinal Point

The latest bar to open at multi-concept venue Forty Five at Landmark boasts a wraparound rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour. Table bookings and drink packages start at HK$6,500, which covers champagne and other drinks for up to six guests.

Cardinal Point's "Front Row Seat" package costs HK$50,000 and accommodates up to 30 guests; the price includes 12 bottles of Dom Perignon champagne and a three-litre bottle of Belvedere Vodka.

Forty-Five, 43-45/F, Gloucester Tower, The Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central

4. Hutong

Hutong, also newly relocated to H Zentre, will offer a six-course Northern Chinese meal complemented by panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. For HK$1,888, expect fiery dishes such as Sichuan-style lobster - wok-tossed with chilli, black beans and dried garlic - along with Australia M9 Wagyu rib eye.

18/F, H Zentre, 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

5. Ink Seafood Bar

Ink Seafood Bar, at the Hong Kong Museum of Art, offers alfresco dining mere steps away from the Avenue of Stars. An Ink Fireworks Party package - at HK$680 per person - will be available on October 1 from 6.45pm. The package will include two drinks, two snacks and tunes courtesy of DJ Beto.

Guests can choose from snacks including sweetcorn fritters, prawn toasties, gua bao (pork belly buns) and duck spring rolls. Upgrade to the champagne package - HK$3,600 per table for up to four guests - to enjoy Gosset Cuvee Extra-Brut, drinks and more snack selections.

G/F, Hong Kong Museum of Art, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

6. Kaboom

Southeast Asian-inspired rooftop restaurant and bar Kaboom has launched a new menu with items such as chilli crab cups and cereal butter prawn - that is, tiger prawns coated in cereal, curry leaves and lemongrass.

The restaurant, on Peking Road, has a minimum spend of HK$350 per person for guests wishing to watch the National Day fireworks.

20/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

7. Kaen

This teppanyaki restaurant, on the 45th floor of Gloucester Tower in Landmark, Central, is serving up a National Day menu for HK$2,388 per person. It includes dishes such as grilled eel and matsutake claypot rice, kinki fish with nori sauce, surf clam in soy butter and wagyu beef from Kumamoto prefecture, Japan.

Guests will also have access to a special firework viewing area at Sky Terrace in Cardinal Point.

Forty-Five, 43-45/F, Gloucester Tower, Landmark, 15 Queen's Road Central, Central

8. Mosu

Mosu Hong Kong - next to the roof garden at the M+ museum in the West Kowloon Cultural District - offers panoramic views of the city's skyline and Victoria Harbour. Chef Sung Anh, known for his modern Korean cooking, will serve a fireworks dinner on October 1 for HK$2,580.

3/F, M+, 38 Museum Drive, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui

9. Regent Hong Kong

The newly opened Regent Hong Kong, which boasts one of the best views of Victoria Harbour, is offering an array of National Day specials at its various restaurants.

At The Lobby Lounge, a set dinner and front-row seats for the fireworks is priced at HK$1,800 for two. For meat and wine enthusiasts, The Steak House presents a five-course dinner menu that includes a full wine pairing.

18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

10. The Aubrey

Ranked 17th on Asia's 50 Best Bars list, The Aubrey offers an eclectic Japanese izakaya experience on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong in Central. The hotel bar and restaurant will be serving its A la carte menu throughout the evening of October 1, with a minimum spend of HK$988 per person for all window seats.

25/F, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road Central, Central

11. Tirpse

Head over to Tirpse for a Japanese-French dining experience with unobstructed views of the National Day fireworks. The six-course menu (HK$2,088) includes items such as crab with caviar and beetroot, and pigeon with truffle and cabbage.

Shop 219, 2/F, K11 Musea, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

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